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    Posted: August 11 2005 at 23:44
   

Can I get a shout out/amen for an amazing live performance of this song on ESL?  In think it tops the studio cut?  What think yous?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2005 at 23:50
I tend to agree.  I especially like Alex's guitar work in the live version.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 11 2005 at 23:52
I much prefer the Studio version. ESL is somewhat dissapointing for me. With a few exeptions, the songs on there are merely carbon copies of the originals.   

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 00:42
I think that the best recorded live version is on the 3rd disc of Different Stages.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 00:47

I think the live version from ESL is better, the song is exactly the same, the feeling is very different.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 01:06
Live, by far...just cant wait for it to come out on DVD!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 01:50
i love the vocals
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 03:08
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 03:26
I love the vocals as well. Olivia Newton John rocks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 07:10

Originally posted by Dragon Phoenix Dragon Phoenix wrote:

I love the vocals as well. Olivia Newton John rocks!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 07:25

I prefer the ESL version. I think Geddy sings it better, the overall production is better than on AFTK, and Alex's lead guitar work is fantastic. This version has a far more majestic feel IMO.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 08:13
I prefer the studio versions. The timing on the live versions is odd, particularly just before the verses, also there's only 1 guitar.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 08:29

The best part of the studio version IMO, is the intro. The atmosphere is caught perfectly, with the bird song and tuned percussion. I read that the birds song was recorded live in the courtyard of Rockfield studios in Wales, where Neil Peart had set up his tuned percussion early on the morning of the recording.

But I'll always prefer the live version of the song..

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 18:40
I prefer dave dee, dozy, beaky, mick and titch.........crack that whip man
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 18:52

Originally posted by Cygnus X-2 Cygnus X-2 wrote:

I think that the best recorded live version is on the 3rd disc of Different Stages.

Amen!

That third disc is awesome! Especially Xanadu!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 18:54
Originally posted by Arsillus Arsillus wrote:

Originally posted by Cygnus X-2 Cygnus X-2 wrote:

I think that the best recorded live version is on the 3rd disc of Different Stages.

Amen!

That third disc is awesome! Especially Xanadu!

I third that.  One of the greatest live discs ever recorded.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 19:15
I like the extra little bit of drums between the two halves of the song on the live version.

Just before, "A thousand years have come and gone...."

Anyone remember it being shown on "THe Old Grey Whistle Test" ?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 12 2005 at 20:26
Originally posted by plodder plodder wrote:

I like the extra little bit of drums between the two halves of the song on the live version.

Just before, "A thousand years have come and gone...."

Anyone remember it being shown on "THe Old Grey Whistle Test" ?

Am I showing my age now?

Do you remember that they actually showed it twice because so many people complained that they had not shown the full version.The following week Whispering Bob had to eat humble pie and for the first (and probably only) time ever the same song appeared on consecutive weeks!!!

 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 13 2005 at 05:18
Yes I do remember that.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 15 2005 at 14:33
I get into the ESL version more, but I've got to listen to The Trees first - for the proper effect.
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